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Any good ways to sooth the pain from shingles on the chest?

Any good ways to sooth the pain from shingles on the chest?

Shingles Pain: Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a viral infection of a nerve caused by the varizella zoster virus. It is most common in people over 60 years of age. Most people have little or no pain, that lasts only a few weeks. Some people, mostly over 65, can have severe pain, that is unbearable. For minor pain, take Aspirin or motrin, use capsaicin cream and apply heat or cold, which ever feels better. ...Read more

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

Shingles is a painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


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What are some good ways to help alleviate the pain from shingles?

What are some good ways to help alleviate the pain from shingles?

Shingles Pain: There is a nerve pain pill called Gabapentin that has become a common drug to treat shingles pain. Other anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen or aleve are also commonly used. Some people also get relief from the anti-histamines: claritin, zyrtec, or Allegra if not benadryl (diphenhydramine). ...Read more

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2nd bout with shingles within a yr. Feels like always just below surface. Is a series of b-12 shots a good option?

See below: Varicella zoster is reactivation of the chicken pox virus that has been latent in your body since you had the disease as a child. It can happen at any age although it is more common the older you get. It can occur early if you have a condition that impairs your immunity but it can also occur without any apparent cause. It should be treated with acyclovir, valacyclovir or famvir (famciclovir). Good luck. ...Read more

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Can heat do any good for shingles?

Actually, the: Opposite is recommended . Cool bath or compresses over the rash may v pain/ itching. ...Read more

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What is good for itching from shingles?

Well, if u : Have shingles you may need real pain medicine.. Gabapentin can be helpful in preventing long term nerve pain. Of course an antiviral like valacyclovir can diminish the length of the problem and a topical, such as Lidocaine gel, can provide good relief. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is sunlight good for shingles rash?

Is sunlight good for shingles rash?

Mixed advice: Sunlight has been blamed for bringing on a relapse in some. During an outbreak, those places may be more sensitive to sunburn, but if mild - moderate exposure - it should have little effect. If you try it - do it only a little bit and discover your reaction. If it helps, great! if it hurts - stop. The medicine should help. Talk w/ your dr about how it's going. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What is a good way to determine if its shingles or just a rash?

What is a good way to determine if its shingles or just a rash?

Shingles rash: Preceeded by pain, itching, tingling along the nerve from your back to the area where the rash is now present. You would have had a history of chicken pox at some point in the past as well. ...Read more

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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more